The Lutz Mommartz Film Archive is a collection of the film works of German film-maker Lutz Mommartz, considered to be one of the pioneers in the film genre known as the "other cinema". Mommartz was born in Erkelenz in 1934 and spent most of his life in Dusseldorf. He began making movies in 1967 and eventually became Professor of Film at the Kunstakademie Munster. He still lives and works in Germany, dividing his time between Dusseldorf and Berlin.
..... Self shots are the optical Biographie of an unorthodox film producer. Director, cameraman and actor in a person, he directs the camera against itself. It plays with her, throws her into air, races over the meadows, films its movements, his face and his hands and demonstrates thereby its adventurous relationship to a 16 mm camera. Not an action thus, but filming becomes the action. The Godard' Bonmot of filming as ' truth 24 times in the second ' made Mommartz in his films conscious like hardly another.
(Wilfried Reichart Kölner Stadtanz 4.1.68)
.... in the way we see Lutz Mommartz , on a meadow, taken up from the camera, which carries Lutz Mommartz on a meadow, sometimes arranges on his feet, sometimes throws into the air , sometimes kisses, sometimes closes. Also the camera is to be seen: as shade on the meadow, during the falling. "the cameraman presents his feeling of life without the auxiliary constructions, with which one otherwise presses himself and pretends distance. This film should be an example for the very personal film, from which everyone can take something." ..... There was not a second Mommartz to discover, but two further films: Hellmuth Costards "why did you kissed me awake " and Franz Wintzentsens of "experiences of a doll".
(Uwe Nettelbeck Die Zeit 5.1.68)
.... We, the audience, are completly carried along by what the camera sees, and without staining it in an intellectual direction, Mommartz's film raises absorbing questions about the relationship
between a person and what he perceives, between 'I' and 'eye'.
(Guy Brett The Times 3.9.70)